New Archbishop of Canterbury Enthroned

The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral. God bless him, he’ll need it. He has an impossible task of trying to keep the Anglican communion together!   [Read more...]

Why We Need More Doctorates in the Pastorate!

In the latest issue of ExpT there is a very good article by Gerald Hiestand on A Taxonomy of the Pastor-Theologian: Why PhD Students Should Consider the Pastorate as the Context for Their Theological Scholarship. The blurb reads: The bifurcation of theological scholarship from pastoral ministry has led to a twofold problem in contemporary church/academy [Read More...]

Two Positions in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University

The Australian Catholic University has two positions in biblical studies going in its Sydney and Melbourne campuses. Here’s the description of the posts: Australian Catholic University is a public university open to all, with six campuses located in Brisbane, Sydney (2), Canberra, Melbourne and Ballarat. As the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, you will join [Read More...]

Dan Wallace rips into the New New Testament

On his blog, Dan Wallace gives a fairly scathing critique of the New New Testament. In short, the New New Testament is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The council that put these books forth is a farce. It has nothing to do with the councils of old, yet implicitly seeks to claim authority on the basis of [Read More...]

More on Michael Jensen’s Apology for Sydney Anglicans

Michael Jensen’s Sydney Anglicans: An Apology has prompted some more reviews by insiders and outsiders. Arthur Davis, a missionary in Tanzania, reviews it over at Jesus Creed. Sydney Anglicanism’s shrillest detractors don’t seem to be conversant with real live Sydney Anglicans. For the non-Sydney, non-Anglican reader, the great value of An Apology is in hearing a Sydney Anglican [Read More...]

More on Pope Francis

In the NYT, Ross Douthat writes on What the Church Needs Now about what the RCC really needs from Francis I. I particularly liked these words: Religion without renunciation has obvious appeal. But its cultural consequences are not all self-evidently positive. Absent ideals of chastity, people are less likely to form families. Absent ideals of [Read More...]

Book Notice: The Quest for the Trinity

Stephen R. Holmes The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History, and Modernity Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012. Available at This semester I’m teaching “Doctrine of God and Work of Christ.”  I do two lectures on the Trinity. I enjoy teaching on the topic, esp. because so many students are, [Read More...]

Michael Barber on the Priesthood

My good friend Dr. Michael Barber (John Paul the Great Catholic Uni) has a Catholic response to my earlier post about an evangelical conception of priesthood. In fact, he has a six part response in mind! The introduction and his first post on the priesthood of all believers can be read on his blog. Also, I [Read More...]

Lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College

Moore Theological College is looking for a Lecturer in New Testament to start hopefully mid-year. See the advertisement here. You’d be joining a great NT department with Bill Salier, Peter Bolt, and Phil Kern! MTS is a Reformed, Evangelical, and Anglican College known esp. for its particular “school”‘ of Biblical Theology. [Read more...]

The Importance of the Narrative of Scripture

Here is a very important quote from Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew’s book Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in God’s Story: Many of us have read the Bible as if it were merely a mosaic of little bits – theological bits, moral bits, historical-critical bits, sermon bits, devotional bits. But when we read the Bible [Read More...]

Lecturer in Doctrine at Moore Theological College

Moore Theological College is looking for a new lecturer in Christian Doctrine. Details are here. [Read more...]

A New New Testament with New Additions … Not Kidding

 I can’t believe I stumbled across a book called A New New Testament edited by Hal Taussig and foreword by John Dominic Crossan. The publisher of the book includes this blurb: In February of 2012, a council of scholars and spiritual leaders,convened by religion scholar Hal Taussig, came together to discuss,debate, and reconsider which books belong [Read More...]

Timothy George – The New Pope Should be Catholic!

Over at First Things is a great article by my favourite Baptist Theologian, Timothy George, on The Next Pope Should Be Catholic. In particular I liked these two quotes: John Paul II invited Christians throughout the divided Church to advise him on how he could best carry out his office in faithfulness to Jesus’ prayer [Read More...]

Prayer for Lent

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I missed this last week. The prayer for the third week of Lent in the BCP is powerful: Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen [Read More...]

N.T. Wright on the Church, Sex, the Media, and Hypocrisy

Over at The Guardian, N.T. Wright has an article on The Church Maybe Hypocritical about Sex, But No-one Else is Guilty? He concludes: The Christian has a particular angle on virtue. Some Protestant traditions have frowned on it: doesn’t it mean we are trying to earn salvation by “good works”? Answer: no – it is [Read More...]